Bernie McFadden, a Chubb employee, has his company to thank for helping him to finish a BSc (Open) Degree from the Open University.
Bernie McFadden is a Commissioning Engineer at Chubb’s Glasgow office and studied towards the degree part time over six years through the Open University’s distance learning programme, supported by UTC’s Employee Scholarship Programme (ESP).
Bernie chose the degree course in order to further his career in the fire industry, as he explains: “The degree course had an IT and security focus, and I chose it with a view to get more information on the background of the industry, looking at the technology that is driving the industry forward.
“I studied part time via distance learning through the Open University, completing the majority of modules online. I had just completed the first year of the six-year course, when I joined Chubb. When I heard about the Employee Scholarship Programme I signed up, and the programme covered the remainder of the course fees and materials.”
Bernie was impressed with the support provided by the scheme, as he continues: “The Employee Scholarship Programme is a great scheme, and very supportive both financially in terms of fees and materials, but also in the study time allotted. I’d recommend it to any fellow colleagues thinking of further education.
“The degree has definitely helped my career, giving me a good understanding of the technology used in the industry and in time management skills. It was a challenge and I’m very pleased to have graduated. Now that I have, I’m just wondering where I found the time,” he jokes.
Jane Garland, Chubb Fire’s Marketing and Communications Manager added, “Congratulations to Bernie for completing this course. It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to successfully complete a degree while working full time, and we are pleased to reward this hard work with some well-deserved shares.
“As a leading provider of Fire solutions, we are committed to excellence in all that we do, the Employee Scholarship Programme demonstrates this commitment to our employees in equipping them with all the necessary skills to succeed.”
Under the programme, which is open to all employees, Chubb Fire’s parent company, UTC, pays for all tuition, books and academic fees, and rewards graduating employees with UTC shares or share options. Employees can choose any field of study, not necessarily job related, provided that a nationally recognised institution is offering the degree course.